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tv   NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt  NBC  February 25, 2016 3:37am-4:07am EST

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>> i've got to be a good person today, at least for the next hour. >> reporter: coming off his big win in nevada. >> soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning. >> reporter: the new yorker is looking for a lock on the nomination sooner rather than later. >> we might not even need the two months, folks, to be honest, all right. >> reporter: around if polling is indication he could be right. the billionaire resonating across voting blocs. >> we won of the evangelicals, we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated, i love the poorly educated. >> reporter: nevada numbers like new hampshire and south carolina show trump won evangelicals, conservatives, moderates, those who are worried about immigration, those who wanted an outsider and those who are angry. trump's abrasive tone working. >> stay on course, stay on message. >> reporter: in fact, donald trump alone got more votes than total votes cast in nevada's
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today that cycle's nominee mitt romney speculated trump has something to hide. >> the reason that i think it that there's a bombshell in there is because every time he's asked about his taxes he dodges and delays. >> reporter: the candidate repeatedly saying he will release his taxes at some point. the trump effect is in full effect. now he's looking for a knockout. >> thinks three chief opponents all have to run in their home states and trump could beat them haul. he can beat kasich in ohio. he can beat rubio in florida and it can all can begin in next tuesday in texas ted cruz is suddenly the first one voted off the island. >> reporter: step setting the rivals up for a lone star state showdown. katy tur, nbc news, houston. >> reporter: i'm hallie jackson in texas, a state where they remember the alamo, but it's a different kind of battle. ted cruz is winning here. a new poll shows he's up double digits over donald trump, 15 points. >> it is good to be home. >> reporter:
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with marco rubio for second place. the two fighting to be the trump alternative but fighting each other first, all while trump picks up delegates and momentum. you worry you're wasting your time attacking marco rubio instead? >> that's an interesting question given i'm the only candidate on the debate stage who has consistently pointed out donald trump's liberal record. >> reporter: given that it hasn't worked yet? >> well, at this point he's won two of the first three states and i've won one. >> reporter: cruz looking now to super tuesday in texas where today he won the endorsement of the governor. in his home state where he must win, his confident campaign pointing to 27,000 volunteers here. rubio's campaign equally confident in their strategy, wait for cruz to fail and lay off trump, for now. >> i don't have any voters begging me to attack anyone. i'm not in this race to attack any republican. i'm more than happy to show differences. >> reporter: but the florida senator has
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alamo to fight in the sunshine state which awards all its delegates to the winner meaning a second place finish won't matter. that primary three weeks away but maybe the beginning of the end of this republican race. hallie jackson, nbc news, houston. the discussion over the supreme court escalated to a new level as president obama hit back at republicans who said they will refuse to meet with any potential nominee until the next president is election. the nbc has learned is vetting a republican governor for the vacancy, a move that seems designed to put gop senators in an uncomfortable position. our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> the notion that there's some two-month period -- >> reporter: at the white house meeting with the king of jordan the president tried to keep the heat on senate republicans and their leader mitch mcconnell for saying choosing a supreme court justice should be up to the next president. >> the american people are going to have the ability to gauge whether the person i've nominated is well within the mainstream. >> thank you, thank you.
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democrats let it be known that on a long list of potential nominees is brian sandoval, the republican governor of nevada and the state's first hispanic federal judge. >> this is a way for democrats in the white house to extract maximum pain on republicans on their stance not to hear any nominee. >> reporter: but republicans say vice president biden saw things their way 24 years ago when he chaired the senate judiciary committee and said no confirmations during a presidential campaign. >> action on a supreme court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. >> reporter: words that senate republicans are now gleefully recalling. >> what we're doing is what the democrats top leadership has advocated in the past. >> reporter: but it was actually the rank republican on senate judiciary 24 years ago who said confirmations should go on during a campaign. >> it is this process, if process which should not be changed for election year expediency which has signified the majority of our system of government. >> reporter: president now says he'll have a nominee, quote, in the
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many names? >> reporter: pete williams, nbc news, washington. a dramatic day in the civil lawsuit brought by sports reporter erin andrews. in court andrews looked on in tears as her father testified about her trauma after a man secretly filmed her at a hotel. andrews is suing her stalker and the hotel's owner and former management company claiming they let it happen. nbc's morgan radford has details. >> reporter: an emotional day for erin andrews, wiping away tears while her father describes her as a shell of the person she once was. >> she's terrified. she's depressed. she's not the girl that we used to know. >> reporter: steve andrews, a veteran reporter, testifying on behalf of his daughter and her $75 million suit against the man convicted of stalking and secretly filming her naked in her nashville hotel room in 2008. >> she kept screaming i'm on the internet. i'm on the internet.
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for is done. >> reporter: andrews' lawyer says michael barrett removed and altered the peep hole of andrew's hotel room and held up a cell phone and recorded her naked. >> he wanted a room right next to her. i remember thinking to myself how does this happen. >> reporter: andrews' attorney called a hospitality expert to the stand. >> that's the cardinal sin in the hospitality industry is to give somebody's room number away or let them know that they are staying there. >> reporter: hotel's lawyer blames only the stalker. >> he deceived, he connived, he stalked. that's what mr. barrett did. >> reporter: mr. andrews believes someone needs to pay for what happened to his daughter. >> first time in my life as her -- sorry, as her father where i didn't know if she was safe or not. i fathered for her life. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news. still ahead here tonight, milania trump's first solo interview about the campaign, opening up about her marriage to
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she ever thinks he's crossed the line and what happens on those occasions when they disagree. also caught on camera, e-cigarette batteries blowing up in a man's pocket.
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we're back now were a woman who could be america's first foreign-born first lady in nearly 200 years. milania trump, the with un-time design and architecture student turned fashion
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speaking in public, now speaking out. here's nbc's andrea >> reporter: donald trump is everywhere, but his wife milania has avoided the speaking only briefly on the trail. >> he was working very hard and he loves you. >> reporter: but now sitting down with msnbc's mika brzezinski. skin and we know that people will judge him and people will call names and they don't give him enough credit. >> reporter: the former supermodel is trump's third wife, born in slovenia. >> i'm my own person. he's his own person, and i think that's very important. i don't want to change him. he doesn't want to change me. >> reporter: what about many felt he had insulted mexicans? >> no. i don't feel he insulted the mexicans. he said illegal immigrants. he didn't talk about everybody. >> reporter: but you're an immigrant?
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ever think he's gone too far? >> i followed the law. i followed the law the be. i never thought to stay here without papers. >> reporter: when he talked about a ban on muslims, do you worry about it? >> what he said it will be temporary and muslims. it's the ones -- we need to screen them, who is coming to the country. he wants to protect america. >> reporter: milania speaks several languages but what about some of the language her husband uses. >> do i agree all the time with him? >> no, i don't, and i tell him that. i tell him my opinion. i tell him what i think. sometimes he listens. sometimes he don't. >> reporter: even if not only visible to the public, milania trump is clearly a key sounding board for the republican from unir. andrea mitchell, nbc news. we're back in a moment with a warning about a potential risk in the water for children and pregnant women and yet another
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an urgent warning has been issued over lead found in water at several homes in jackson, mississippi. while the city claims its water has not been
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young children are being urged to drink bottled or filtered water. state health officials say they believe the lead is from home plumbing corrosion, not the water source. in kentucky, a sudden and shocking explosion caught on tape. it's a man taken by complete surprise when his pants pockets burst into flames. an e-cigarette was battery is blamed for the blast and as nbc's joe fryar tells us it's hardly the first time something like that has happened. watch. >> reporter: a customer was simply stopping for snacks at a kentucky gas station when the security camera captured this startling moment. >> suddenly there was a blast in his pocket and there was fire, big fire. >> reporter: york hamilton suffered second-degree burns. he says the spare battery for his e-cigarette device exploded. the flames eventually doused by a clerk. it's the latest injured tied to electric vapor products, reports popping up from oklahoma to california. >> i pulled it away from my lips and that's when it exploded. >> reporter: doctors at harborview medical
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seen five different patients in the past five months. >> the way that the battery is in the device it becomes a that can cause significant force and injury to the patient. >> reporter: the problems center around lithium ion batteries that power the device which can overheat especially if the wrong charger is use. the american vaporing association says when charged and used under proper conditions, vapor products pose no more of a fire risk than other products that use lithium ion phones and laptops. are a lot of customers asking you about this? >> yes, they are. >> reporter: at the vape source in l.a., they tell you not to carry the batteries in your pocket. >> it might touch the loose change or key and it will start to get hot. secure your battery case like this and then pretty much it's protected. >> reporter: advice to make sure that people can vape without the fireworks. joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. when we come back, our interview from
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when astronaut scott kelly says he's
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finally tonight, it's been an around-the-world
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over for astronaut scott kelly though he's never lost sight of home. it's been right outside the window on the international space station. after a year in orbit, testing the effects of prolonged space flight, his ride back to earth departs next week so we decided to check in with him one more time before the big homecoming. astronaut scott kelly is in the home stretch. >> i started counting down when we got to ten days left which was a few days ago. >> reporter: kelly is one of two participants in nasa's mission, the first american to spend a year in orbit. as of today kelly has orbited the earth 5,344 times. talk to me about the metal and psychological impact of being up there. you look out the window and see the world pass by. you see familiar sights. what does that do to you to watch that? >> you know, you definitely have a different perspective on the earth and things that happen down there. i'm actually looking at it right now. the window is open. i follow the news very closely, have it on
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in the evening so i keep probably more -- more in touch with what's going on on earth when i'm in space than when i'm actually on earth. >> reporter: kelly has been posting photos on social media throughout his mission. his awe-inspiring pictures of his home planet have become a huge hit. are you a bit nostalgic as your time in space is nearing an end? >> the ability to press our limits with regards to exploration and discovery, i think it's been a privilege of being a part of that, and it's something that i'm going to miss, but i've been up here for a long time and i also look forward to going home. >> the astronaut is expected to make his homecoming when sunday. when he wraps up his mission he will have traveled more than 143 million miles in space, and the one thing he's looking forward to the most when he gets home. >> human contact, the people you love on earth, your family, your friends, people you miss. >> reporter: and we wish kelly safe travels back home. that will do it for us
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night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc
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it's thursday, february 25th. coming up on show "early today" ," death, destruction and delays. fresh off his nevada victory, the donald has set his sights on super tuesday. and a rare nbt interview with lady. incredible images of exploding e-cigarettes inside people's pants. and aaron andrews breaks down during her dad's testimony and her $75 million lawsuit.
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"early today" starts right now. good morning, i'm dara brown. breaking overnight, four dead after 19 tornados reportedly touched down along the east coast yesterday. two people including a 2-year-old boy were found dead in waverly. they enacted a 7:00 p.m. curfew as first responders continue searching door to door for missing residents. the county associated with robert e. lee's surrender back to a post apocalyptic battle ground and turning entire neighborhoods to runl bble. this has already claimed the lives of four others in the south. the massive ef 3 tornado that hit pensacola, florida with
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per hour, the strongest of the year. and one person said his neighborhood resemblees a war zone. thousands of people up through new jersey are without power and thousands of flights have been canceled or delayed due to the storm. delta even brought pizza for frustrated hungry passengers after their flight was rerouted to syracuse. as new york city saw rain and heavy wind strong enough to blow over this tractor trailer on the george washington bridge. and a vehicle burst into flames. and meteorologist bill karins will join us in just a few minutes for the latest forecast. and donald trump continues to break into the evangelical base. on the indorsement front, trump got his first congressional
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who previously backed jeb bush. california's duncan hunter who recently made news by vaping at a hearing said he would also support trump. >> but former gop nominee mitt romney warned that a quote blockbuster was on the way when trump released his tax returns. an issue that rankaled the governor in the 2010 bid. >> i think in donald trump's case it's likely to be a bomb shell. >> trump responded to romney's predikds prediction. >> why not just get them out there? >> i'll make a determination at the right time. i'm in no rush to do it. >> he also talked about picking up votes. >> i could win texas. i don't know that i will but i
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that's the only state that i'm a little bit down. and i laugh at the pundits who say if you look at all the rest, it's 53. >> and later he tweeted when ted cruz quits i'll get his supporters, no problem. and milania trump spoke about disagreeing with the donald. >> well, do i agree all the time with him? no. i don't. and i tell him that. i tell him my opinions. i tell him what i think. sometimes he listens, sometime he don't. >> a fascinating look at a very private potential first lady. and some of the latest polling out of ted cruz's home state has the senator an even neck in neck with trump. on the democratic side, hillary
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water crisis to her platform, releasing a new ad. be sure to tune in to msnb later today at 5:00 p.m. eastern and at 8:00 eastern, chris matthews talked to bernie sanders as part of the hardball college tour. don't miss it. and now dangerous side effects from those e-cigarette devices. >> reporter: a customer was simply stopping for snacks at a kentucky gas station when the security camera captured this startling moment. josh hamilton suffered second degree burns. he said the spare battery for his e-cigarette device exploded. it's the latest injury tied to electronic vapor products from oklahoma to california. doctors at harbor view medical center in seattle have seen five different patients in the past
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>> it become as high powered rocket that can cause significant force and injury to the patient. >> reporter: the problem center around lithium ion batteries that can over heat, especially if the wrong charger is used. the vaping assoc yagds says when charged and used under proper conditions, vapor products pose no more of a fire risk than cell phones and laptops. and employees tell customers don't carry the batteries in your pockets. >> sometimes it might touch the loose change or a key p. . i recommend carrying a battery case like this. >> reporter: advice to make sure people can vape without the fireworks. nbc news los angeles. a video purportedly made by isis supporters makes direct
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mark zuckerberg and twitter ceo dorsey, in response to their recent efforts to remove posts that promote terrorism. it's the first public threat made against zuckerberg. the video, which has not been verified, was allegedly posted oen a social media site popular among isis supporters. it shows both ceos riddled with bullet holes p. s holes. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with the latest on that severe weather going on. incredible. >> and obviously a deadly storm, the tornados and then just the amount of wind that this storm was producing is really incredible. now it is exiting ohio, head nothing to -- heading into canada. we've had a lot of wind damage reports, massachusetts. and a wind gust of 82 miles per


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